HRH The Princess Royal opens Long Cross Centre

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal opened the Long Cross Centre on Thursday May 24, unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new £4.1 million centre in Lawrence Weston offers a range of services for children, young people and families in the area.

It brings together Long Cross Primary and Nursery School, The Four Villages Specialist Children and Family Centre plus a range of health services from North Bristol NHS Trust.

More than 150 staff including teachers, learning support staff, health professionals and children’s centre workers are based there.

Developed by Bristol Local Education Partnership and its construction partner, Skanska, work started on the new centre in November 2010 and it opened in September 2011.

Area Health Manager for North Bristol NHS Trust, Joanna Smith, said: “We are able to offer local families a wide range of health services in a convenient and familiar location. By working on one site, we can all work together to support the development, learning, health and welfare of both the children attending this school and others across the community and North Bristol.”

Headteacher, Lucy Wyatt, said: “The Long Cross Centre is a hub for local families, offering a whole range of services in one place. This makes referrals between services quicker and easier, so professionals can respond more effectively to the needs of children and families. We were delighted Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was able to join us for the opening ceremony.”

General Manager of Bristol Local Education Partnership, Paul Shadbolt, said: “Working in close partnership with the school, City Council and North Bristol NHS Trust, we managed to complete the new centre in only 10 months, providing the local community with fantastic new facilities for education and health.”

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Community Children’s Health Partnership, run in partnership with Barnardo’s, offers health services for children and young people including health visitors, midwives, occupational, speech and language therapy, specialist school nurses, community paediatricians and child and adolescent mental health services.

Issued: May 24 2012